A lopsided victory over Trinity of Manchester followed by a loss to Bishop Guertin of Nashua last week left the Pinkerton Academy baseball squad rolling into this, the final week of the Division I regular season, with a 10-7 record.
The PA crew thumped the Trinity High Pioneers by an 8-1 score Wednesday, May 18, but ended up on the short end of a 5-1 decision to Guertin in Derry the next afternoon.
Pinkerton bounded into this week facing road contests in Bedford on Wednesday, May 25, after Nutfield News press time, and then in Exeter on Friday, May 27. Those contests will close out the 2016 regular season.
In the trouncing of Trinity, the Astros rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit by scoring three times in the second, once more in the fourth, and twice more in both the fifth and sixth frames to get to the 8-1 final score.
Ben Curry was the winning pitcher, going six frames and striking out seven while allowing the one unearned run. He also helped his own cause by rapping two hits and driving in three teammates. John Polichetti, Brian Sutton, Norm Kerman, and Mike Jellison each rapped out two hits, and Jellison also drove in two runs.
But the Astros didn’t enjoy that level of success back on their own diamond two days later against Guertin, watching the Cardinals collect a 5-1 win by scoring twice in the third, twice more in the fourth, and once more in the seventh.
The hosts only managed four hits on the day and committed four errors. They scored their lone run in the latter half of the third inning.
Pitcher Polichetti hurled all seven innings, allowing eight hits and giving up just three earned runs.